This article will list some events that take place in Limassol every year.
Celebrate with the locals: Limassonians love to party and are known for theιr wild festivals.
The Limassol Carnival
It is held during the last week in February – first week in March, two weeks before the 50 days of lenten that precedes the Greek Orthodox Easter. The festival, which lasts for 10 days, starts with a parade during which King Karnavalos enters the city which is decorated for the occasion. During the week that follows, there are parties all over the city and the air is filled with the sound of ‘serenades’ and laughter. The following Sunday a children’s parade is held and the festival ends on Lenten Monday (called Green Monday in Greek) with a parade of colourful floats and with dancing in the streets.
Anthestiria – the flower festival – is a celebration of the rebirth of nature. The festival has its roots in the pagan traditions of ancient Greece where anthestiria were organized in honour of God Dionysos, or Pan, God of the green plants. In Limassol the festival is celebrated with exhibitions of flowers and a parade of floats decorated with flowers. It takes place along the seafront road and it is held on the first Sunday in May.
This is another pagan festival commemorating the Flood. Usually is celebrated during the first week in June, 40 days after the Greek Orthodox Easter. The celebrations take place near the sea shore and includes a religious ceremony during which a cross is thrown into the sea to calm the waters (men compete to retrieve the cross) as well as dances and traditional Cypriot song competitions known as ‘chatista’ – short, on the spot songs that competitors come up with in response to their opponent’s teasing. If you participate in the festival expect to get wet: during the day of Kataklysmos, it is the custom to throw water on one another.
It is held during the end of August - beginning of September in the Limassol Municipal Gardens and marks the end of the grape harvesting. The festival has its roots in the pagan ancient Greece where similar festivals were organized in honour of God Dionysus, or Vachos, the God of grape vines. Each year thousands of visitors have the opportunity to taste Cypriot wines (each participats gets a free bottle), to try local dishes and enjoy traditional dances, songs and plays. Limassol is the biggest grape producing region of Cyprus and many of the wineries of the region such as KEO, SODAP, and LOEL contribute and participate in the festival.
Open Studios 2010
Paphos & Limassol Open Studios 2010, is an event that takes place every October. Visitors are invited to meet the artists in their studios/workplace, during selected weekends throughout the month. The participating artists will be opening their studios to the public between the hours of 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM. There is no need to make an appointment and there are no entry fees or charges to the Studios. Visitors will be given the opportunity to buy artworks direct from the artists and/or to commission special pieces. For information on specific times, dates and participating artists please visit www.openstudioscy.com.
Kypria International Festival
The festival is held during the month of September and includes a series of musical, dance and theater performances by local and international artists. The festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Education and the events are held in different cities across the island. For general information call 25878744.